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Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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Codirector Carmen Mendoza to Participate at LASA 2018

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Our codirector Carmen Mendoza Arroyo will participate as a speaker at the XXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, which will take place next week in Barcelona from…

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Call for Abstracts: 5th World Urbanisms Seminar on Design Responses to Climate Change

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The 5th World Urbanisms Seminar focused on design responses to climate change taking place in Leuven from 28-30 June 2018, is accepting abstracts from doctoral students in the field of…

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Right to the City Conference in Barcelona with Kathrin Golda-Pongratz

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This Thursday May 10th, faculty member Kathrin Golda Pongratz will kick off an international conference on the right to the city in Barcelona, in honor of the 50th year anniversary…

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Our Partnership with Global Alliance for Urban Crises

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We are proud to announce our partnership with Global Alliance for Urban Crises, a global, multi-disciplinary and collaborative community of practice working to prevent, prepare for and effectively respond to…

"This master was the best combination of practical training and theoretical teaching to help me take the leap from traditional architectural practice into the field of socially responsible design. "

− Chris Kulp, Alumni, USA

"The master has improved consistently in recent years and recruits students that are committed and highly capable. A top program."

− Sergio Palleroni, Professor, Portland State University

"This master's program is a shift of life. It's definitely one of the greatest in the world."

− Nasr Chamma, Alumni, Lebanon

"An exceptional and unique exemplar of good teaching, organization and content."

− Nabeel Hamdi, Professor, Oxford Brookes University